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  1. shmuel says:

    >>Rather than only accepting challenges when unavoidable, we are taught to embrace yisurim only unless there is another route to the same growth.

    Something about that sentence structure makes my head hurt…

    Also, interesting reading of those verses from Tehillim; the pshat does not reflect that (Pischu li is a segue thematically linking salvation with the necessity of praise), I’m wondering if you have a source(s) that supports that interpretation.

    • micha says:

      You pushed me to rewrite that sentence, which then got me into a whole elaboration.

      Why do you think the existence of a segue is peshat? Personally, I thought that “ki anisani” and “even ma’asu habonim” discussed the same thing. Also, after the “pischu li” is “ki anisi vatehi li liyshua'” — we’re talking about the yisurim again. Either way, I added a link to Rashi, who says:

      “יסור יסרני ×™×”” – בגלות ושם נתכפרו כל עונותי ולמות לא נתנני
      “פתחו לי שערי צדק” – ואלו הן שערי צדק
  2. shmilu says:

    Without disagreeing with anything written here there is a simpler explanation.

    Mussar of this sort is for adults not for elementary school children Mussar of this sort is for people who choose to face it not for those who are placed there against their will by a school district.

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